10 Percent of Ursinus College Students Have the Same Mystery Illness

The number of students who have fallen ill at Ursinus College stands at a whopping 174 — roughly 10 percent of the small Pennsylvania institution’s enrollment. The college said in a statement on Thursday that it had closed its dining halls for inspection by the county health department and for cleaning, and is serving meals in a gymnasium.

College officials haven’t determined the cause of the illness, but students’ symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea. The college said two students had been gi…


Wellesley College Names Its First Black President

Paula Johnson, a professor at Harvard Medical School, will be Wellesley College’s next president and its first black president, the Massachusetts institution announced on Thursday.

Dr. Johnson, who is chief of the medical school’s Division of Women’s Health and Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, will take office on July 1, according to a news release from Wellesley.

The announcement followed an eight-month search to find a successor for H. Kim Bottomly, who announced last spring that she wou…


Fraternity Releases Findings on Racist Chant by Oklahoma Chapter

The national office of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity on Wednesday released the findings of an investigation into an incident last year at the University of Oklahoma that involved a racist chant sung by members of its chapter there.

Video of the chant, which gained national attention within hours of its release online, fueled twin conversations about race and the role of fraternities in modern student life. Oklahoma’s president, David L. Boren, quickly expelled the two students who were caug…


How a Rapper Twitter-Shamed a University Into Paying Him

How does a flagship university become the subject of a famous rapper’s Twitter rant? Book him for a speaking engagement, withhold $2,500 from his fee for not fulfilling his end of the deal … then wait.

That’s how the epic feud between Talib Kweli and the University of Utah began, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. After the institution said it was “hugely dissatisfied” and would not pay Mr. Kweli for his Martin Luther King Jr. Day appearance, the rapper took to Twitter, ranting against the univers…


Acknowledging ‘New Normal,’ Berkeley Announces Broad Plan to Shore Up Finances

Citing a “new normal” of diminished state funding, the University of California at Berkeley is launching a “strategic-planning process” aimed at shoring up its finances. In a message to the campus on Wednesday morning, the university’s chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, laid out several broad areas for change the university will consider.

Specifics about the “strategic-planning process” are scarce. What is clear, however, is the university’s harsh financial outlook. According to a financial summary …


Here’s a Snapshot of Online Learning in 2015

The Babson Survey Research Group released its last annual survey of the online-education landscape on Tuesday. You can read its report on the survey here, and below are some of its key findings:

  • The percentage of academic leaders who said online learning was critical to their institution’s mission dropped from 71 percent, in 2014 — the highest ever — to 63 percent.
  • The number of distance-education students increased at a slightly higher rate — 3.9 percent — from 2014 to 2015 than it did in …

After 10 Days on the Lam, Wayward Goat Is Back at U. of Iowa

The tumult and drama of recent weeks finally drew to a close in Iowa City on Monday. No, it wasn’t the departure of the last presidential candidate or TV crew. It was the recapture of the University of Iowa’s lost goat, missing since late January and the subject of endless speculation, not to mention extensive coverage in the local press.

“We are very happy to report that William the Goat is in custody and back home in a nice warm pen out at the University Research Park,” tweeted the university’…


Black Students Are Overrepresented in Low-Paying Majors, Study Finds

[See correction below.]

Report: “African Americans: College Majors and Earnings”

Authors: Anthony P. Carnevale, Megan L. Fasules, Andrea Porter, and Jennifer Landis-Santos

Organization: Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce

Summary: While more African-American students attend college, they are overrepresented in majors that typically lead to low-paying jobs, such as human services and community organization, social work, and theology and religious vocations.

The report, w…


Proposed Budget Would Be ‘Detrimental’ to Kentucky State U., President Says

Funding cuts in the Kentucky governor’s proposed 2016-18 biennial budget would be “detrimental” to Kentucky State University, the institution’s president, Raymond M. Burse, wrote on Monday in a letter to the campus.

Mr. Burse wrote that he feared serious consequences of the budget, which proposes significant cuts in higher education. “If the budget as proposed is enacted, our options would be to declare financial exigency and/or prepare a closure plan,” Mr. Burse wrote in the letter, obtained by…


Apollo Education, U. of Phoenix’s Parent, Is Sold for $1.1 Billion

[Updated (2/8/2016, 4:28 p.m.) with further details.]

The Apollo Education Group, the parent company of the for-profit University of Phoenix, will be sold to a “consortium of investors” for $1.1 billion, the company announced on Monday. The purchase, made by three investment firms, will make Apollo a privately held company.

It will also install a new chairman of the Apollo Board of Directors — Tony Miller, a former deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Education and partner at one of the…